The Sainsbury Research Unit facilitates scholarly research and dialogue by sponsoring periodic conferences, symposia, workshops and other meetings on topical and regional themes in the study of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
See the conference archive for details of earlier such events.
Call for workshop participants
(Trujillo, Peru -- 21-24 January 2019)
Organised by Dr George Lau (SRU/UEA) and Dr Gabriel Prieto (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo)
In spite of its unforgiving landscape and climatic and environmental challenges, ancient Peru was a heartland of Pre-Columbian civilisation. Its peoples flourished due to technologies and organisational systems which ensured access to vital resources, especially water. This workshop highlights this record of past cultural solutions and their relevance for contemporary practices in northern Peru. The workshop will: 1) survey evidence of severe climatic activity, resource stress and adaptations through time; and 2) begin interdisciplinary dialogues to see if, and how, the past can help inform the future.
The workshop is especially timely, given recent extreme climate events, and the need to reflect on current studies to examine their wider joined-up relevance today. The workshop is a unique opportunity to share knowledge between disciplines that do not customarily interact, particularly in Peru. Diverse experts (archaeology, history, development, environmental sciences) and government representatives are to detail and discuss past technologies (material & social), emphasising water use and management.
We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Peru to apply to attend this workshop. Travel and accommodation expenses are to be covered by the Newton Paulet Fund Researcher Links programme. More details and an application form for the workshop and activities can be found through the links on the right. To be given full consideration, completed forms must be received on or before 30 Sep 2018.